You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy
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Orphaned by his parents and his artificial mother, and abandoned by his older brother at a young age, Jay spends most of his adulthood serving as a government therapist to those like him. He considers his own happiness proof of success in his career and life. Little does he know that his picture perfect world, occupied by his wife, Sasha, and their two children, is not as...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published 2012 by Oneiros Press
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Marie Gentilcore
I enjoyed this book very much. The writing had such an easy flow and it hit a lot of emotions having to do with caring for our children and elderly. It is set in a time in the future where humaniforms also known as Nanny-bots are babysitters, caregivers for the elderly and disabled as well as surrogate parents. Jay, the main character's parents died when he was 6 and he grows emotionally attached to his nanny-bot Emmie. The story starts in his adulthood where his older brother Ian comes back int...more
Lindsay
3.5 stars
The whole while I was reading, I kept thinking to myself, "Wow! This is a HUGE endeavor for an author to undertake!" There are a lot of really complex issues being toyed with, and I really appreciated that the author studiously avoided telling me what to think or feel. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions running through my head. Is artificial intelligence a viable possibility for the future, and is it something we really want to succeed in? What constitutes a family uni...more
Sandra
"You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy" is an intriguing look at a not-too-distant future where the messy parts of life are handled by humaniforms--androids who are assigned to do what people are too busy, too squeamish, or too distanced to do. The Guardians provide androids to deal with loved ones in nursing homes, as babysitters and nurses, or to raise orphaned children. At first they were identifiably metallic, but now they are difficult to tell from real humans.

Tom Chen was assigned a nannybot when hi...more
Kacunnin
We live in an increasingly technological age. Everywhere you look, people are glued to their laptops, tablets, iPods, and Smartphones. One can’t help wonder whether all this technology is really making things easier for us. We’re more connected, yes, but we’re also less involved with each other on human levels. We’re in constant touch, electronically, but there’s a layer of distance between us that sometimes feels immense. Susan Tsui’s YOU SHOULDN’T CALL ME MOMMY is set in a near-future America...more
Delicious Strawberry
The concept of androids/robots replacing humans is nothing new, but I found the story in here unique enough that it did not feel like some boring rehash of the genre.

Humaniforms have become caregivers in this society, rather than workers or fighters as I would usually see in other stories in this genre. They are used as foster parents for orphaned children, caretakers for the disabled and elderly, and as babysitters for children. This system is supervised by humans called Guardians, who determin...more
Janet
This book isn't just a 5, but I couldn't do that.

I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and feel that it has been an honour to read a book this good and be able to give my opinion about it.

1 - It is unlike my current reading genre. I'm more into cosy mysteries through to hard-core thrillers. Yet, there was enough suspense and questioning within the plot to make one wonder where the author was coming from and how she would develp the characters.

2 - It is set in a future time, and a bit...more
BestChickLit.com
If you are looking for something with family values at the forefront, but a little different to the usual then this is ideal. Jay is a devoted father, husband and therapist with a firm belief that the android carers supplied by the government and `Guardians' have just as much humanity as the people that control them. Although he initially raises a disbelieving eyebrow at the conspiracy theories his friends and family believe in, he soon comes to realise that they aren't far from the truth. This...more
Laurin
This book is not something that I would normally read. Most of my time is spent reading whodunits. When I read this, I was reminded of 1984, Jay had a bit of Winston in him, especially because of his naivete. The guardians and humaniforms also reminded me of Big Brother and the telescreens. It took me a while to finally come around and really read this book. I was surprised that I enjoyed it, but I also found myself overwhelmed at some points. There was a lot going on, a lot of sub plots. This i...more
Philena
I received a signed copy of this book from goodreads first reads.
I really enjoyed this book.
A young man was raised by a robot after the loss of his parents and had to find the humanity within himself in order to help his true family.
The only real issues I had with the book were more like editting problems than writing problems. There were several spelling and gramatical errors that should have been addressed by the editor.
Also, the ending seemed very short and choppy. The character development w...more
Lisa Feld
I love it when authors show all the troubling complexity that ripples out from one change in our society. When robots can serve as caretakers, what's lost and what's gained in terms of human compassion and our sense of responsibility to take real care of the people in our lives? (Especially when those relationships are painful or frustrating...) The worldbuilding here is incredibly rich.

More than that, Susan Tsui's deft touch in scene after scene made me bleed for the characters. I'm a sucker fo...more
R.E. Washington
Jun 08, 2012 R.E. Washington rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who Like Never Let Me Go.
I received an advance readers copy of this book and I have to say I love it. Susan Tsui has a subtle writing style that delves into the relationships between people, especially family. Jay and Ian are estrange brothers that must suddenly deal with their past when Ian has to go to his brother for help. Throughout the story, I found myself first deeply routed on Jay's side and then as time when found myself on Ian's side. Tsui really does a great job of taking the reader through the narrow to more...more
Celia Vogel
You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy is the story about a futuristic world where robots act as caretakers. Jay lost his parents at a young age and was raised by a humanoid. The love he felt for his robot mother was real. When his older brother comes back into his life, Jay is forced to re-evaluate his values. The story raises some very complex questions about the family unit, love and sacrifice.
Van
This was an imaginative and thought provoking novel. It is an excellent debut that promises great future things from author.
Aryan Verma
this a good book , I Read a online.....

Great Book.

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Susan Tsui was born in New York City, the third of four children born to Chinese immigrant parents, and the first to be born in the United States. Recognizing an interest in the effects of culture, society, technology, and literature on the human condition Susan obtained an MFA from Goddard College. During her writing career she has published short stories in Expanded Horizons, Mind Flights, and t...more
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